“LOVE” Mini Quilt on a foam display board

Now that life is cycling back toward something like normalcy I’ve been able to spend some time in the studio. My current art quilt is under a social media black out so I am going to share a new Mini Quilt display method I’ve just tried.

Design Foam Boards for Mini Quilt Mounting

Design Foam Boards by Fairfield are rigid styrofoam with adhesive on one side so its easy to mount the quilt directly to the board. The instructions say to position sticky side up wrap your fabric to the back covering only the edges and then stick it to the wall…
Sorry… I’m not gluing these things to my wall… Here’s how I used it.

I started by measuring the width for my border. Since the center of my Mini Quilt measures 8 1/2″ square and the foam board is 12″ square I needed the border fabric to be 1/4″ (seam allowance) + 2″ (distance to edge) + 1/2″ (thickness of foam) + 1 1/2″ (wrap on back) = 4″ I cut 2 border pieces 4″ x 8 1/2″ and attached to the sides, right sides together, sewed using 1/4″ seam, pressed toward the border, added 4″ border to the top and bottom measuring for the length. You will have a finished top with very wide border, as you see in the top photo.

Next I marked on the back of the quilt 2″ out from the edge of the mini quilt center. This created a 12″ square, the same size as the foam board. I then removed the stickybase protective liner and centered the board sticky side down on top of my fabric aligning it with the marks I made.

center the foam on the back of your mini quilt

Clip into the fabric even with the edge of the board on the sides, stopping at the board. Place double sided adhesive fabric tape along the raw edge stopping where the fabric is clipped . Remove the adhesive liner and wrap the fabric around the edge of the foam onto the back (non adhesive) side of the board pulling slightly as you press the tape in place to create a tight fit.

trimming the top and bottom border

Use a touch of glue to secure the raw edge of the fabric on the 1/2″ bottom corners. Fold back the extending end of the top and bottom border fabric even with the side of the covered edge of the foam board. Trim away about half of the fold back, to eliminate bulk.

After trimming, glue remaining fold back in place on top of border.

glue extra seam allowance

Place double sided fabric tape on raw edge from end to end on remaining sides, remove liner and wrap fabric around sides and onto back tugging slightly as you press tape in place to create a tight fit.

view of finished back

With the stickybase adhesive firmly anchoring the front of the mini quilt and nothing sticky on the back I can prop my mini up on a table, or stand it in a small easel or even press a picture hook into the back and hang it on a nail.

Mini top wrapped on design foam board